Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Date Night. C+
As disappointing as Date Night is, it's still no fiasco. It actually does quite a few good things, with its only problem, and it's a big one, being that it's not too funny. Since they arrived to stardom, so many people have said that Tina Fey and Steve Carrell were destined to make a movie together. And that they did is not the surprising thing, instead it's the movie they chose. First, it's strange that they play perfectly normal people, accepting the misfortunes of suburbia and rejoicing the ultimate happiness it provides. These are normal people that we see all the time, but Carrell and Fey are far from these types of people in the movies they generally star in. The other surprise is that this is an action comedy, a genre that has been quite prevalent in 2010, but that doesn't seem to fit the aptitudes of Fey and Carrell. Especially for Fey, who, disappoints here simply because she doesn't have the freedom to be the person that made her so famous. Carrell is a little more at home, having one comic action piece, Get Smart, already under his belt. But the ultimate result here is slightly awkward. Fey seems to be trying her best, but it's a role I think just about any actress could have pulled off. In other words, we've seen in plenty before because no special talent is really required to make it work. But the movie still makes good use of the other talents at hand, including Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Ray Liotta, and Viola Davis. It's actually sort of surprising that the movie features such a cast of big names that aren't even mentioned in the advertising. The movie is all about Fey and Carrell, but here, for once, they don't steal the show.